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Empath

Designed for the many needs of healthcare.

Empath™, our latest recliner, is a crucial step forward in the patient care process ― one developed entirely from real-world insights. Our team spent more than 2,000 hours observing the relationship between caregivers and patients. We saw how current environments can be enhanced to reduce risks to both patients and caregivers, while increasing physical and emotional connectedness. Empath is designed to reduce the stress and potential for injury for all users.

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Design Story

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Discovery
We researched real-life healthcare environments for over 2000 hours to understand how recliners are used.

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Observations
As we observed how recliners are used, we saw they often present risks to both patients and caregivers.

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Observations
We recognized pain points that affect caregivers and patients.

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Observations
The bed-to-chair transfer is an inherently difficult, dynamic process and presents injury risks for patients and clinicians.

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Design
After our research, we analyzed and synthesized the data and discovered a need to reduce stress and potential injury. Designed with these discoveries, we developed a recliner as an important tool for caregivers and a step toward wellness for patients.

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Design
A recliner designed with insightful, user-friendly features.

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Empath
A solution that creates a safer, higher quality healthcare experience, for patients and caregivers.

Features

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See Empath from every angle.

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An insight-driven solution
See the unique user-centered features of Empath in motion, including back recline paddles, central lock, dual flip-down arms, footrest control lever and molded arms.

Casters
Four-inch non-marring casters glide silently for smooth operation.

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Footrest Scallop
Made from soft urethane for comfort and durability, it facilitates exiting the chair and protects where feet touch most.

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Bumpers
Offer a refined aesthetic while protecting the bottom of the recliner.

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Trendelenburg (dual-sided)
Foot-activated by the caregiver from either side to raise patient’s feet above the head.

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Adjustable headrest
Moves up and down, or can flip over the top when not in use. Attached with zipper for easy removal.

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Push bar
Ergonomically shaped for easy grip and chair maneuverability.

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Pull-out footrest
Slides out easily to support patient’s feet when seated or moving.

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Heat and massage
With three settings for each function, patients benefit from comfort and control.

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IV pole and holder
Height adjustable, the 3/4″ stainless steel pole fits into the holder located at the back of the arm panel, saving valuable floor space. The holder also accommodates 1/2″ IV poles for added flexibility.

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Drainage bag holder
Accommodates a wide variety of drainage bags and lays flat when not in use.

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